Rodney Roe's Blog (411)

Living in the Era of The Flim-Flam Man

Scene from The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

We are living in intentional continual uproar

I honestly didn’t know whether to write continual or continuous.  The uproar in Washington has been almost non-stop since Beast 45 assumed office; really it has been since he began running for office.

I mentioned in a previous post that a friend…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 2:54am — 11 Comments

Apologists for Empire

The house where I spent most of my childhood no longer exists except in my memory.  It was a modest wood frame three bedroom house with indoor plumbing and no heat other than space heaters in the bathroom and dining room.  During the summers I read in an easy chair with a west facing window in the living room.  The World Book Encyclopedia, mother’s Book of the Month selections, and assorted religious references were in the arm’s length book case.

In the winter my brother and I…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Addiction; Opioids and The News


A couple of old friends left this morning.  I’m in a brown defunkit. (Cf.* )

Erics’s an engineer who just retired, and they are making the rounds visiting friends and family over the southeast and Florida. (cf. ^)

Always curious about how things work, as engineers tend to be, he taught me some tricks with my iPhone about…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 17, 2017 at 6:22pm — 14 Comments

What is Supply Side Economics, and Has it Ever Been Shown to Work

Supply Side Economics: History and Evidence


A couple of days ago Virginia Congressmen, David Brat, was interviewed about whether he thought that President Trump out to be trying to “primary” those who have voted against bills he supports.  The congressman said that the “true” Republican agenda of decreasing taxes, government spending, government regulation, and the size of government are the things Trump ran on, and anyone who does not support Trump’s tax plan is voting…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 14, 2017 at 10:55am — 18 Comments

Another Argument for Congressional Term Limits

The argument against term limits for Congressmen and Senators is that it takes a term in congress to become thoroughly familiarized with Washington and gather enough seniority to gain power in committees.  Some might hold that this is exactly the reason we need term limits.  If everyone was limited to one term no one would have seniority.

Another argument against term limits has been that limiting congressmen and women to one term would force them to become lobbyists with more…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 10, 2017 at 5:39am — 7 Comments

Mr. Bojangles: An Amateur's Analysis

A year ago we made reservations on a place on the beach near Apalachicola, Florida.  We arrived Saturday, October 7, amid heat and humidity that left a film of water on everything  out of doors.  It was almost still.  As the evening progressed a breeze picked up that became a sustained wind with gusts that rocked the house.  We went to bed exhausted from an eight hour drive that took us the length of Georgia and onto the panhandle of Florida.  I love the last part of this drive; after 71…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 9, 2017 at 9:28am — 19 Comments

How High is High Enough for Consciousness to be Raised

Steve McQueen’s greatest role may have been as a baseball obsessed German POW, the Cooler King.  Regardless of the question, Cooler King’s answer related to baseball because baseball was all he ever thought about.

Some people become obsessed with a cause.  That obsession can be so strong that they believe it is more important than any other cause.  They can fear that any discussion of another worthy cause will steal attention and resources from theirs.

With the Cooler King word…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 6, 2017 at 4:30am — 65 Comments

Surely Some Revelation is at Hand


In 1919 William Butler Yeats published one of the most beautifully disturbing and one of the most anthologized poems in my ken.  The opening lines of “The Second Coming” seem prophetic in their aptness for today.:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere



Added by Rodney Roe on October 4, 2017 at 1:29pm — 58 Comments

LED to the Light

Lately I’ve been wrestling with what to do about an eight foot long fluorescent light in my studio that doesn’t’ work now due to a bad ballast.  There has been a revolution in lighting over the last couple of decades, and while not puzzled about its purpose, I’ve been largely left behind.

I first realized that I wasn’t in Kansas anymore when the Georgia legislature passed a law that basically overturned a Federal mandate.  The law would allow companies to continue to manufacture and…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 4, 2017 at 4:56am — 11 Comments

My Life of Cameras

This morning I got up with Paul Simon singing “Kodachrome” in my head.


They give us those nice bright colors

They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world's a sunny day

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama don't take my Kodachrome away”.

My earliest…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 2, 2017 at 1:26pm — 13 Comments

Pink Floyd and the Comment Button

I have become

 comfortably numb”


So, has the comment button.


I have discovered that I’ve left duplicate comments on posts other than my own.  I have been used to writing a comment and seeing it immediately appear after I click on “add comment”.  I was trying all sorts of tricks to make the…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 30, 2017 at 3:55am — 8 Comments

Why Puerto Rico is Being Treated Like a Stepchild

A little background on the Territories

Disaster relief has come to Houston after Hurricane Harvey and to Florida following Hurricane Irma fairly rapidly.  Puerto Rico, hit much harder by

Hurricane Maria remains largely without electricity and water, and relief has suffered from delivery and distribution…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 29, 2017 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Will Hurt Most Americans; Exactly How Is Not Yet Clear


Recently Bloomberg reported that individuals who itemize their deductions or save for retirement will pay thousands more in taxes under the GOP plan.  Is anyone surprised?

Apparently, in order to fund the proposed elimination of the estate tax (which will benefit those with individual estates worth over $5.49 million) President has handedthe GOP a plan that looks at limiting or eliminating a number of deductions. The mortgage interest deduction appears to be spared.…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 28, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Living with Cancer

 Rocky Horror

She was instantly likable; an outgoing woman whose black accent was deliberate and resonant.  She had a way of saying things that reminded one of Yogi Berra or Gerald Ford.  Caught washing her own dishes by hand at the Caring House (a wonderful residential facility for patients who will be getting cancer treatment over…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 26, 2017 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Healthcare in Nambia

In an address to African leaders President Trump praised the healthcare system of Nambia.  Of course, there is no way to verify the excellence of that system because Nambia, like Narnia, doesn’t exist.  There is a Zambia and a Gambia and there is a Namibia, but no Nambia.  What could the Tweeter-in-Chief have been talking about?

Taking the possibilities one by one let’s look at Zambia first.…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 22, 2017 at 12:37am — 17 Comments


“Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been.”

Gerald Ford

“If Lincoln were alive today he’d roll over in his grave.”

Gerald Ford

“The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Retirement Life; What's It All About?

Last Sunday a couple of other musicians and I worked as a team to present an hour long musical celebration of Peace in advance of International Peace Day, September 21.  The process was stressful for several reasons.  I was away for the three weeks immediately prior to the service, one of the other musicians was away for a couple of the same weeks, and we had one practice together. The other reason is that I don't play well with others. The practice was rough, but we all went home with…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 18, 2017 at 12:02pm — 12 Comments

Healthcare Reform; Who Do You Trust

Marc Wallace, CEO, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX


Yesterday I heard a clip of Senator Lindsay Graham, (R) of South Carolina stating that we have three choices; Obamacare, the Republican Plan that would return healthcare to something like the system that preceded the Affordable…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 16, 2017 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Irma in the Mountains


The last few days have been … I’m not sure of the best adjective.  It could be stressful, or unique, or any of a number of words.

After anticipating Hurricane Irma with a mixture of dread and curiosity we had to leave on the day that the storm was to arrive in our little corner of Georgia. On Monday, L drove in rain…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 14, 2017 at 4:27am — 7 Comments

Is There a Connection Between Fear Baiting and the Concept of Fake News

Many of you who once wrote and read on Open Salon will remember Sage Merlin.  Some of you may know him personally.  I’m a Facebook…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 11, 2017 at 1:36am — 10 Comments


The Trump Agenda

Posted by Ron Powell on October 20, 2017 at 10:00am 5 Comments

Trump scandals mounting up

Posted by Dicky Neely on October 19, 2017 at 10:26pm 4 Comments

Apologists for Empire

Posted by Rodney Roe on October 19, 2017 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

For So Long?

Posted by Robert Young on October 19, 2017 at 9:30am 2 Comments


Posted by ABG 2.0 on October 19, 2017 at 8:00am 3 Comments

Gone Home to Bobcaygeon

Posted by Boanerges on October 19, 2017 at 7:28am 8 Comments

Kabuki Diversity.. DNC Style!

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on October 19, 2017 at 6:30am 8 Comments

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